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Monday, 20 April 2015

DNR Greeks Celebrate their Ethnic Planting Festival Despite Shelling and Heavy Rain

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The artos… the centrepiece of the Artoo Planting Festival

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Today, our correspondent on the scene reported that the Greek community in Starobeshevo held their traditional ethic planting festival… Artoo… despite junta attacks and heavy rain. Ivan Mikhailov, the head of Starobeshevo Raion, told our reporter, “About 200 people from all over the Republic gathered for the Artoo holiday. It wasn’t just Greeks, but there were people of all different nationalities. This holiday is just another proof that there’s interethnic peace here in the DNR. We don’t do it the way that they do it in Kiev, where they treat ethnic minorities like second-class citizens. We’ve kept our realm harmonious*“.

  • You can take Мы сохранили мир in two ways… “We’ve kept the peace” or “We’ve preserved the world”… actually, I think that Mikhailov is playing on words here… a play on words that doesn’t carry over into translation… drat!

Traditionally, the Artoo festival includes rolling a large round bread on four hard-cooked eggs downhill. The Greek people determined how rich the future harvest would be by seeing how the bread “wandered down the hill”. Mikhailov said, “Unfortunately, this year, we couldn’t follow the Artoo customs to the letter. Because of the shelling and the bad weather, we had to modify the main event of the holiday… rolling the Artos (a large special bread) down the hill on four hard-cooked eggs. This year, the Greek people rolled the artos in a social hall. Of course, it wasn’t quite as spectacular, but the ceremony showed that this year will be fruitful in our area, that’s good news”.

D V Pushilin, the Vice-Chairman of the DNR Peoples Soviet and head of the Ispolkom* of the Donetsk Republic public movement, attended the festivities, saying, “This is a wonderful holiday. The most important thing that we must realise is that our Republic was, and remains, a multi-ethnic entity. Everyone has their own holidays, and it’s important to take part with them, to understand them”.

  • Ispolkom: Executive Committee

19 April 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/culture/doneckie-greki-otmetili-nacionalnyj-prazdnik-urozhaya-nesmotrya-na-obstrely-i-prolivnoj-dozhd.html

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

PA Slaughterhouse Recalls 1,800 Pounds of Veal Sold for Orthodox Easter

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A Pennsylvania slaughterhouse recalled 1,800 pounds of veal carcasses sold to families for Orthodox Easter without inspection. The US Agriculture Department said that Leader Slaughterhouse in Imler (Bedford County) PA produced six 300-pound veal carcasses on Friday outside of inspection hours. They didn’t bear the Agriculture Department’s mark of inspection, but no illnesses ensued from the incident. Plant Manager David Hill said that customers from Pennsylvania and New York picked up the quarter-cut carcasses to consume at home for Sunday’s Greek Orthodox Easter. Hill stated that none of the recalled meat wound up in stores. He says that customers already returned most of it to the slaughterhouse. Imler is about 28 miles south of Altoona.

14 April 2015

Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2015/04/14/Pennsylvania-slaughterhouse-recalls-1-800-pounds-of-veal-sold-for-Orthodox-Easter/stories/201504140140

Monday, 13 April 2015

A Photo Essay: About 10,000 Donetsk Homies and Their Guests Enjoyed a Half-Tonne Tsar-Paskha in Shcherbakov Park at the Local Easter Celebration

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Today, Denis Afanasyev, a representative of the Bely Medved (White Bear (Polar Bear)) dairy products company, told us that his enterprise sent a half-tonne Tsar-Paskha prepared by its chefs in Rostov to Donetsk; it served about 10,000 Donetsk residents and their guests during the celebration of the Radiant Resurrection of Christ at A S Shcherbakov Park. Afanasyev said, “This paskha now has the title of the largest Russian Paskha; it’s officially registered in the book of records. We think that it’ll give at least 10,000 celebrants a holiday treat today. Our decision to give bakery products to Donetsk residents had a spiritual root, to boost the morale of a city that we love so very much”.

Eight chefs laboured to create the mammoth paskha. Afanasyev noted that they first packed [the cheese mixture] into the form and put it into the chiller. After a few days of setting-up, they then frosted the confection. They used 300 kilos of quark/farmer’s cheese, 100 kilos of confectioner’s sugar, 60 kilos of sweet butter, 30 kilos of sultanas/raisins, and 6 kilos of peanuts/groundnuts, as well as a kilo of nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla flavouring and 3 kilos of icing to create their world-record treat.

The Easter events at Shcherbakov Park in Donetsk attracted thousands of revellers. Adults, kids, and seniors queued up for festive kulichi. There was a samovar set up on the central park-lane offering free tea and there was a crafts fair with local folk artisans showing their goods. Nearby, people could have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Donetsk resident Yelena Kononova told our correspondent, “Today, there are a lot of people in the park. Thanks to the organisers that made such a holiday treat for the kids, we know that others haven’t forgotten us. This is a rare opportunity to recapture a peacetime mood and truly relax. Christ is Risen!”

The Donetsk Mayor’s Office sponsored and put on the Easter celebration in the park. Igor Martynov, the head of the Donetsk GMA* was at the festivities; he thanked the Rostov chefs for their gigantic paskha and greeted locals on this Bright Day, “I greet all Donetsk citizens on this holiday. I want to express our gratitude to our friends from Rostov, who made this feast possible. They also brought humanitarian aid in the form of cheese curd and butter, which we distributed to our seniors, to our schools, and to our nurseries”. Martynov emphasised that the large number of people on Donetsk streets symbolises the return of normal life to the city. People came out even though there were attacks today. He noted, “You know, there was an attempt to break through, but no one can spoil this sacred holiday for us”.

  • GMA: City Municipal Administration, administrative apparat of a city

On the park stage, local dance and musical ensembles performed, leading the people in singing and dancing for hours. The Easter events in the DNR capital will last until 22.00 tonight.

12 April 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/gumanitary/polutonnuyu-car-pasxu-v-parke-imeni-shherbakova-poprobovali-okolo-10-tysyach-donchan-foto.html

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The people of Donetsk are holding on… as difficult as the times are for them, they’re WORSE in junta-misruled Banderstan. Prices climb daily… the shop shelves are bare… people receive their pay and pensions late, if at all. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers. I’d say to the Donetsk homies… “You have friends, THOUSANDS of them. Do NOT lose heart. Just as the junta is a pack of liars, so are their Western puppeteers and paymasters. You’re closer to victory than you think”.

BMD

Sunday, 12 April 2015

12 April 2015. Easter Greetings from Novorossiya… Remember Our Compatriots… They STILL Hang on the Cross

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Remember our suffering compatriots in Novorossiya, both free territories and those under the boot of the cruel Uniate nationalist junta occupation. Golgotha isn’t over for them, yet… NEVER forget that…

BMD

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